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Local Wedding Guide: Florida

Local Guide

It’s time for another installment of our Local Wedding Guide! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their favorite pros they love to work with. We’ve tackled three states so far: North Carolina, Texas, and Massachusetts, and next up on the list is Florida. Most vendors love to travel, so fret not if you’re not in their immediate area!

St. Augustine, FL:


ben sasso st augustine florida wedding photographer

ben sasso st augustine florida wedding photographer
Above images by St. Augustine photographer Ben Sasso

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Ben Sasso: Trust your photographer and have fun! If you are able to trust in the photographers talent and can have a good time, I promise you that your images will come out that much better!

Ben Sasso: I pride myself on being able to foster genuine relationships with the people I work with. Not only does this make the process more relaxing but it leads to those fun and intimate images that we all love.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Ben Sasso: St. Augustine has beautiful marshes. Those have always been my favorite. For me, nothing beats a natural set.

View featured weddings:
Florida Garden Wedding
Brunch St. Augustine Wedding



Miami, FL:


marlon richardson miami beach florida wedding photographer

marlon richardson miami beach florida wedding photographer
Above images by Marlon Richardson

From Marlon Richardson: Photography can help us remember things that we would have otherwise, long forgotten. I try to capture the moments that when sequenced together show your very own, unique love story.

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Marlon Richardson: You can’t go wrong with Vizcaya or Amelia Earhart Park!

View featured wedding:
Miami Classic Wedding



Orlando, FL:


cpt concept photography orlando florida wedding photographer

cpt concept photography orlando florida wedding photographer
Above images by Concept Photography

From Concept Photography: We are a husband and wife shooting team that travels the world in search of amazing weddings and awesome clientele. We designed our company around the simple idea that there should be a higher standard for creativity and performance in the wedding photography industry. Although we take photographing weddings very seriously, we make sure to have FUN. Life is too short to not enjoy what you do, and we have a blast!

Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Concept Photography: The Orlando area is great for engagement shoots because there is something for every taste. We love the architecture at Rollins College, the urban feel of the Church Street area, the canopied streets in Winter Park, and the lushness of Wekiwa Springs. We also do a lot of engagement shoots in the Disney parks.


jessica charles photography south florida wedding photographer
jessica charles photography south florida wedding photographer

Above images by Jessica Charles Photography

Venues:
The Caldwell Dairy Barn (St. Augustine)
The St. Augustine Rod and Gun Club (St. Augustine)
The Oldest House (St. Augustine)
The Villa by Barton G. (Miami Beach)
The Cruz Building (Miami Beach)
Bella Collina (Monteverde)
The Grand Bohemian (Orlando)
Winter Park Farmer’s Market (Winter Park)
Leu Gardens (Orlando)
Cypress Grove Estate House (Orlando)
Paradise Cove (Orlando)


mandy and me studio photography south florida wedding photographer
mandy and me studio photography south florida wedding photographer

Above images by Mandy and Me Studio

Photographers:
Ben Sasso (view portfolio), St. Augustine + will travel worldwide
Chic Shot Studio (view portfolio), Central Florida + will travel worldwide
Jonathan Connolly (view portfolio), South Florida + will travel worldwide
Marlon Richardson (view portfolio), Miami + will travel worldwide
Mandy and Me Studio (view portfolio), Sarasota + will travel worldwide
Jessica Charles Photography (view portfolio), Clearwater/Tampa + will travel worldwide
Concept Photography (view portfolio), Orlando + will travel worldwide


jonathan connolly photography south florida wedding photographer
jonathan connolly photography south florida wedding photographer

Above images by Jonathan Connolly

Florists:
The Conservatorie (view portfolio), St. Augustine

Marlon Richardson is offering a free 16×20 print for any engagement sessions booked through spring of 2012!


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Kate Preftakes Photography

Kate Preftakes is a fine art wedding photographer in the New England region and available for travel worldwide. Her approach is soft and organic, and she shoots with a combination of editorial and fine art portraiture. Kate loves creating true photos that are filled with emotion and light. She uses a combination of film and digital, drawn to the soft look that it creates. She has her degree in fine art and uses that background to narrate stories in a beautiful way. The soft touch of a hand on a back, the look in her eye when she first sees him, the way her dress falls when he spins her around. These are the moments that make each wedding day special and inspire Kate to document in a timeless way. The details tell the story and Kate loves to capture them in the most romantic fashion. Kate is based out of New England and available for travel.

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Intimate Backyard Wedding

Garden Weddings

Get ready for one amazing wedding with one of our most dapper grooms yet this year! Because of course, it goes without saying how gorg this bride is. Sporting a checked shirt, green tie, and vest, we love that his bride bedecked herself in matching TOMS to support her honey and a great cause. Every stunning image from Vis Photography makes us wish we could have been a part of this sweet backyard affair!


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From the bride, Tory: My wedding inspiration started with my dress. I found a beautiful 1930s vintage dress at a place called The Way We Wore in Hollywood. Emory and I already wanted an intimate, casual, outdoor fall wedding, and the dress lent perfectly to the occasion. After stumbling upon a location (a beautiful backyard nestled in the middle of the mountain range behind Malibu), we designed our wedding as a perfect mixture between our tastes – it was filled with vintage and handmade elements for me, and some woodsy, natural elements for Emory.


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vis photography backyard california garden wedding

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vis photography backyard california garden wedding

vis photography backyard california garden wedding

vis photography backyard california garden wedding

The setting was already so beautiful that we barely needed any added decoration. I collected green bottles, vintage cake stands, and vintage stamps for the invitations. Emory and I collected twigs on hikes for the table decorations, and I made a cake topper with thrift store fabric and some of our collected twigs. I made origami foxes to send out with the invitations, and made origami lotuses to scatter on the welcome table. For my ‘something borrowed’, I wrapped my grandmother’s vintage lavalier around the handle of my bouquet. Our guests wrote messages and wishes on slips of colored paper and slipped them into a wish wall I made out of a shot glass holder and balsa wood.


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I picked out a hodgepodge collection of flowers from the LA flower market the day before the wedding – not bothering to pay attention to specific colors. The only shoes Emory ever wears are TOMS, so of course he would wear them at our wedding… so I bought a pair of TOMS wedges to wear, and made flowers out of the hemmed material from my dress to pin on the front of the shoes. Since it was out of our budget range to hire a coordinator or planner, we planned the entire thing ourselves, and our friends and family stepped in on the day-of to help make everything run smoothly. We couldn’t have done it without them! It was a perfect day, and most importantly, it was the perfect start to the rest of our lives together!


vis photography backyard california garden wedding

vis photography backyard california garden wedding

Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Don’t start off by looking at a zillion wedding books and magazines! Make a list of what you KNOW you want for your wedding first! We had a low budget for our wedding, so when I went crazy looking at a bunch of wedding books when we first got engaged, I got overwhelmed by all the additional things we would have to add to the wedding. But really, you only need what YOU want, not what the wedding books say you should have. It IS possible to have a fun wedding without dancing and alcohol. I got stressed looking at sites that said weddings are no fun at all without either… but we didn’t have the budget for alcohol or the space for dancing. But we ended up having more time to chat with our guests, and then the whole party was over by sundown and we were on our way to our hotel!

Oh, and if you have to choose between spending money on the honeymoon and wedding, choose the honeymoon! Weddings can always be done beautiful and cheap, honeymoons need some money spent. :)


vis photography backyard california garden wedding

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Wedding Music:
My maid of honor and I walked down the aisle to ‘Babys’ by Bon Iver, and the recessional song was ‘Hoppipolla’ by Sigur Ros. Our mothers were walked down the aisle before the wedding started to ‘Lo How A Rose E’er Blooming’ covered by Sufjan Stevens. We didn’t have dancing at our wedding, but we did make an entrance after the ceremony (after signing our license and taking more photos) to ‘Black and White’ by Michael Jackson. For obvious reasons.

Wedding Vendors (Conejo Valley, CA):

Wedding Venue: Private Residence / Wedding Photographer: Leah and Rob of Vis Photography / Wedding Dress: Vintage 1930s dress from The Way We Wore (Hollywood) / Bride’s Veil: Handmade by bride’s mother / Dress Alterations: In Stitches / Bride’s Getaway Dress: Forever 21 / Bride and Groom’s Shoes: TOMS / Bridesmaid’s Dress: Banana Republic / Groom’s Shirt: Original Penguin / Bride’s Hair: Tiffanie at The Canyon Salon / Wedding Bouquets, Corsages, and Boutonnieres: Conejo Valley Florist / Flowers: Purchased at LA Flower Mart / Rentals: Conejo Rental Center / Sound System: SSR Sound / Wedding Caterer: / Desserts: Xtreme Desserts / Wedding Invitations: Bride’s friend, Kaycie (revelrie@gmail.com)

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Great Gatsby Wedding Inspiration

Wedding Design

Nothing shouts romance more than hearkening back to the classics, which is what the incredible Alea Lovely had in mind when she designed this wedding inspiration shoot — loosely based around the 1974 film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. You may remember Alea from this stunning fall inspiration shoot, complete with one of the most gorgeous gowns we’ve ever seen — and now she’s back with another stunner.


Great Gatsby Wedding Style

From the photographer, Alea: Taking a step back to the 70’s to put a modern spin on a great classic. The setting was at a personal estate creating an intimate wedding setting which is my favorite. The dress was a vintage light blue gown redesigned for a more modern look. The blue danube on the table scape was a major detail I wanted to incorporate that tied together the stationery, cake and floral design. Gave a classy vintage detail. The accessories like the wide head band adorned with crystals gave a bride a very distinct throwback feel.


Great Gatsby Wedding Style

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Great Gatsby Wedding Style

Great Gatsby Wedding Style

Great Gatsby Wedding Style

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Great Gatsby Wedding Style

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Great Gatsby Wedding Style

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Great Gatsby Wedding Style

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Wedding Vendors (Kansas City, MO):

Venue: Family Estate / Wedding Photographer and Creative Director: Alea Lovely / Bride’s Dress: Vintage 1970s gown redesigned by Alea Bebenek / Groom’s Suit: Vintage 1970s Heirloom suit / Groom’s Bow Tie and Accessories: The Social Seam / Hair Accessory: Jennifer Behr / Wedding Belt: Ivy and Aster / Bride’s Bracelet: Francesca’s Collections / Bride’s Earrings: Erica Koesler / Bride’s Shoes: Kate Preston / Flower Girl Dresses: Target / Wedding Flowers: Victorian Gardens / Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes / Invitations and Stationery: Announce This Design / Hair: April McReynolds / Makeup: Jolie Artistry / Car Rental: Pech Limousine

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